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It seems that Xiaomi has reconsidered the prices of its Xiaomi Mi 4 flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Pad and the Xiaomi TV. Tmall, an online storefront of Xiaomi, has put question marks in the prices of those three, Xiaomi headphones and a battery pack. Finally the MiBox has already been discounted. The Xiaomi Mi 4 was priced CNY 1,999 ($325), but that coincides with higher-specced Meizu MX4, Oppo Find 7 and IUNI U3, the three of which have bigger, higher-res screens. There are sources who claim that a 7 is hiding behind the question mark which would put the new price at CNY 1,799 ($294). The Tegra K1-packing, iPad mini lookalike tablet, the Xiaomi Mi Pad, was priced at the same CNY 1,999 point but it's not clear how much its price will drop (perhaps a similar CNY 1,799 target). The Xiaomi Mi Box was already knocked down from CNY 399 to CNY 299 (about a $15 discount to $50). The battery pack and headphones are getting discounts too, they already cost under CNY 100. Xiaomi Mi TV 2 • battery pack • headphones &bulll Mi Box The Xiaomi Mi TV 2 is an Android-powered 49" UHD TV and it started at $3,999 ($650), a surprisingly low price for a 4K TV set, but the price will drop by a few hundred yuan soon. Source (in Chinese) |...


Lenovo has reached to the Chinese TENAA for certification of its upcoming smartphone called K30-T. As a result, we get to see what the phone looks like and take a peek at its specs. The Lenovo K30-T is a midranger with a 5" IPS LCD 720p display, resulting in a pixel density of 293 ppi. Powering the phone is a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Internal memory is 8GB, but is complemented with a microSD card slot for expansion. At the back, there's an 8MP snapper that's surrounded with a metal ring for protection. Below it is an LED flash and a secondary mic for noise cancellation. A 2MP camera takes care of selfies at the front. The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. TENAA has also measured the phone and its dimensions are 70.5mm wide and 8.2mm thin. The Lenovo K30-T weighs 126 grams and will be available in black, white, gold and yellow. Expect more information regarding pricing and availability to surface shortly. Source |...


Google officially announced Android 5.0 Lollipop recently, and while that is great news and all, unless you are among the minority that is on Nexus or Google Play edition devices, what you are really looking for is when the OEMs, or the OEM of your device at least, will be pushing the update, if at all. While we might not have exact dates yet, some of the Android OEMs have come forward and announced support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This means the selected devices will be getting the update some time in the future. The rest of them will either never get the update or haven't been confirmed yet. So here's a list of Android devices that we know of so far that will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in future. Currently the list only includes Motorola, HTC, Sony, NVIDIA, and of course Google. Samsung, LG and others are yet to announce their plans for Lollipop update. Of course, more names will be added to the list in future and we'll try and keep it updated. Google Nexus 4 Nexus 5 Nexus 7 (2012) Nexus 7 (2013) Nexus 10 HTC One (M7) HTC One (M8) Samsung Galaxy S4 Moto G Sony Z Ultra LG G Pad 8.3 Micromax Canvas A1 Spice Dream UNO Karbonn Sparkle V Motorola Moto X Moto X 2nd Gen. Moto G Moto G 4G LTE Moto G 2nd Gen. Moto E Droid Ultra Droid Maxx Droid Mini Sony Xperia Z Xperia ZL Xperia ZR Xperia Z1 Xperia Z1s Xperia Z Ultra Xperia Z1 Compact Xperia Z2 Xperia Z2 Tablet Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3v Xperia Z3 Compact Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact HTC One (M7) One (M8) One mini One mini 2 NVIDIA SHIELD...


More press images of Motorola Droid Turbo made the rounds online. The high-end Android powerhouse for Verizon Wireless will make its debut in a little over a week, on October 28. In line with past leaks, the new image showcases the device in black and red color scheme. The photo appears to show that the two color schemes will feature different texture on the back. Rumored specs of the Motorola Droid Turbo include 5.2-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.65 GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 21 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and huge 3,900 mAh battery. The handset will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat when it launches. We will be covering the launch of Motorola Droid Turbo live. Be sure to tune in for the full scoop on the smartphone. Source | Source 2...


The Meizu MX4 Pro will likely have to wait until November to make its public debut, but that doesn't mean it will be keeping away from the spotlight until then. We got yet another leak, showing the upcoming flagship in its two color versions - black and white. We got two leaked renders that show the Meizu MX4 Pro front panel, which will feature a centrally placed hardware key underneath the display. That's a break of tradition by the Chinese company, which has used capacitive touch buttons in its previous flagships, including the MX4. The reason for the switch is the presence of a fingerprint scanner, which will allegedly be embedded in the home key. Meizu MX4 Pro No other specs were confirmed by this leak, but we've previously heard that the MX4 Pro will come with a 5.36" QHD display, Exynos 5 Octa SoC, 20.7MP camera, and Android 4.4 dressed in Flyme OS user interface. A YunOS-powered version also surfaced a few days ago, but even if that actually exists it will likely never leave the borders of China. Source |...


Xolo introduced the latest addition to its lineup of attractively priced smartphones. Dubbed Xolo One the new droid costs just INR 6,599, which translates to about $105, making it one of the most affordable KitKat-powered handset around. More impressively, the company has committed to updating the Xolo One to Android 5.0 Lollipop later on, making it one of the cheapest tickets to Google's latest ride. As you could expect at this price point, the hardware of the smartphone isn't quite as impressive. The Xolo One comes with a 4.5" IPS screen of the lowly FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) that gives a pixel density of 218ppi. The handset is powered by a Mediatek MTK 6582M chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU running at 1.3GHz, a Mali 400 MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Xolo One comes with dual SIM slots and support for 3G and 21Mbps HSPA networks, but no LTE. There's a microSD card slot for expanding the 8GB of available storage by up to 32GB. On the photography side the Xolo One offers a 5MP fixed-focus camera with BSI sensor, LED flash and 1080p video recording as well as a VGA front-facer. Connectivity is covered by microUSB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The smartphone is powered by a 1,700mAh battery that should be able to last for up to 430 hours of stand-by and up to 19h of talk-time as long as you stick to 2G networks. If you switch to 3G however the numbers fall to 377 and 8 hours, respectively. The Xolo One will be available in 6 different colors, including brown, black, white and red and will feature "leather finish back" (faux Samsung-style leather, we assume). Thanks, Shamnad, for sending this...


Week In Review is here to recap all the major announcements, which you might have missed. The past Week 42 was quite busy for the mobile tech world. Google revealed its latest Nexus 6 smartphone by Motorola and the Nexus 9 tablet by HTC in addition to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Many manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Sony uncovered their plans to update existing devices to the latest operating system. Apple held its event on October 16 and revealed the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iOS 8.1. Oppo continues teasing its N3 smarpthone, but the surprise of the week came from Lenovo. The Chinese manufacturer is working on a smartphone called Sisley, which not only looks like the iPhone 6, but improves on its design slightly. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 16%; text-align: center; margin-left: -13px; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 84%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } Google Nexus 6 is official with 6-inch QHD screen and S805 Without any sort of special event, Google has just announced the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The phone features a 6" 2560 x 1440 pixel display, which gives it a pixel density of 496ppi. The premium display is backed up by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset.... HTC-made Google Nexus 9 announced with Tegra K1 chip As expected, Google announced its latest tablet - the HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet runs on Android 5.0, which has just been confirmed to be called Lollipop and packs a 9" IPS LCD with the unusual for Android aspect ratio and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (that's 4:3 aspect... Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop as an official name Along with the announcement of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, Google also announced that the next iteration of their mobile OS, which we so far knew under the codename Android L, will actually be called Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android Lollipop was one of the top picks of the rumor mill anyway... Apple announces the iPad Air 2, it is thinner, faster, golder The Apple iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm, making it the thinnest tablet yet. It's also now available in Gold as well as silver. The tablet is powered by a custom Apple A8X chipset, which is a version made especially for the iPad family. The CPU is 40% faster, while the GPU is 2.5x faster than on the... Apple iPad mini 3 with Touch ID, gold color option unveiled The third generation Apple iPad mini is official. It's called just "iPad mini 3," the Retina display is a given. Sorry if it took us a while to finish writing this news, we were looking for what's changed in the new tablet. And we can tell you it's not much - actually barely anything. The iPad... iOS 8.1 unveiled on stage - Apple Pay, app permissions and more Apple event featured a long portion on new software and the highlight of that was the announcement of iOS 8.1. Apple Pay is, of course, the headlining feature but there's more. Apple has changed how apps are handled - users can now check the permissions required by third-party apps and they can... Sony will update entire Xperia Z line to Android 5.0 Lollipop Following in the footsteps of Motorola and HTC, both of which made their plans public already, Sony has today let us know which of its devices are due to get upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The L release of Google's mobile operating system finally got named yesterday. And now we have some good... Lenovo Sisley shows what the iPhone 6 should have looked like Lenovo is working on a new Android smartphone called Sisley, which has just had its photos leaked. The company seems to have been heavily inspired by Apple when...


Oppo released ColorOS 2.0 for Find 7 and Find 7a. The Android 4.4 KitKat based firmware is now available to install on the Chinese manufacturer's duo of high-end smartphones. It appeared in beta form for the Oppo Find 5 back in August. ColorOS 2.0 brings a host of improvements to Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a. They include minimalistic UI design, updated stock apps, Global Gesture Panel 2.0, and Super Power Saving mode. Check them all out in Oppo's official walkthrough video below. If you are an Oppo Find 7 or Find 7a user and haven't installed the new firmware yet, hit the source link below. Source |...


The yet to be revealed Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 flip phone made its way through TENAA. Sporting the model number SM-W2015, the upcoming smartphone is bound to replace the original Samsung Galaxy Golden, which debuted during this month last year. Despite its old school form factor, Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 packs proper flagship specs. Highlights include Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The handset features two 3.9" AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its main camera is a 16MP unit, coupled with a 3.7MP front-facing solution. Physical measures of the Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 are 153.5 × 78.6 × 8.5mm. Its weight tips the scale at 173 grams. There is no word on when will Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 made its debut. Don't expect to see it outside of select markets in Asia. Source (in Chinese) |...


HTC has launched a bevy of devices in India. The first of the lot is the new HTC One (M8 EYE), which was recently launched in China. The M8 EYE is essentially the same as the M8 but replaces the 4 UltraPixel camera on the back with 13 megapixel camera. The HTC One (M8 EYE) is priced at Rs. 38,990. Next is the HTC Desire EYE, which has a 13 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash on the back as well as the front. The Desire EYE also has a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory with microSD support, stereo BoomSound speakers, and IPX7 water-resistant body. The phone will be available through Amazon but the price hasn't been announced so far. After this come the Desire 820 and Desire 820q. Both phones have 5.5-inch 720p display, 13 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, and 2600mAh battery. The only differences are the 820 has an octa-core Snapdragon 615 with 2GB RAM and the 820q has 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 with 1GB RAM. The Desire 820 is priced at Rs. 24,990 and the Desire 820q is priced at Rs. 22,500. Then there is the Desire 516C. It has a 5.0-inch qHD display, Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB memory with microSD support, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, dual SIM support, and 1950mAh battery. The Desire 516C is priced at Rs. 12,990 and available exclusively through Snapdeal. Finally, there is the HTC RE. HTC's compact photo and video camera is priced at an introductory price of Rs. 9,990 and available exclusively through...


Sony SmartWatch 3 quietly made its way to the Google Play store. The Japanese manufacturer's first Android Wear device is listed as coming soon. The wearable gadget is priced at $249.99. The price tag positions the IP68 certified Sony SmartWatch 3 as a premium Android Wear offering - it costs as much as the Moto 360. The exact launch date of the smartwatch is yet to be revealed. We doubt it will be a long wait. Source |...


According to a leaked Sprint Wireless internal memo, Samsung Gear S will be offered with its own plan when available. The wearable device features 3G connectivity and a SIM card slot. If you are brave enough to use the Samsung Gear S as your only gadget capable of making calls, Sprint will offer a "connected device" plan for $10 a month. The option will include 1,000 minutes, the same number of messages, and 100MB of mobile data. The other, more sensible option for the smartwatch will be to add it to your already existing family share plan for $10 once again. The option will allow you to share minutes, messages, and data with your other devices. Samsung Gear S will be available on all major US carriers in the near future. Pricing and exact availability are yet to be revealed....


The Huawei Ascend Mate7 is the company's first phablet ready for primetime, with two credible midrangers in the Mate series giving Huawei the confidence to stand up to rival flagships. Never mind the digit in the title, the Mate7 is actually a 6" device...


Many were expecting China to be one of the initial launch countries for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but that didn't happen. Following the announcement of the devices, there was much speculation as to why Apple didn't receive timely certification from the Chinese authorities for the new phones. And though we might never know what took so long, the Cupertino company did finally get all the thumbs-up it needed in China, in order for its new products to go on sale. After the last certification was passed in late September, we learned that the official release date for the iPhone 6 in China would be today. Since there were apparently 20 million pre-orders logged for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you might have expected thousands of people lining up in the streets in front of Apple stores over there. But you'd be wrong, since the launch was mostly low-key - at least compared to past Apple releases in the country. At the Beijing Apple store, only around 100 people waited in line this morning prior to its 8 am opening time. These were all customers who had pre-ordered the devices. The reason for the small queue has to do with the fact that the handsets have been available at carrier stores and in other places since midnight. This calm and peaceful launch contrasts with what happened, for example, at the same Beijing venue in May 2011, when the white iPhone 4 got released. Then a fight between customers and employees broke out. And in January 2012, on the first day of iPhone 4S sales, a delay in the Apple store's opening led to something of a...


The Google Nexus 9 tablet by HTC is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK. This comes mere hours after the big retailer listed the Nexus 9 for pre-order in the US. With this move, we get to find out how much the tablet will cost in the UK. It's £319 for the 16GB version, and £399 for the one with 32GB of storage. In both cases, we're talking Wi-Fi-only here, as you may have gathered, because the model that has LTE connectivity too hasn't gone up for pre-order yet. Amazon's UK arm currently has the white and black variations of the tablet up for grabs. It's unclear when the third, "sand" color will be available in the UK. If you pre-order a Nexus 9, it should ship to you on November 3, as apparently that's the official release date for the UK too, and not just for the US. The Nexus 9 comes with an 8.9-inch 2,048x1,536 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.6 MP front snapper, and it's powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, with a 2.3 GHz dual-core CPU that rocked the benchmarks...


Sure, the Xperia Z3 hasn't been out for that much time yet, but it's clear that Sony is already working on its successor. And it looks like we may have gotten a whole lot of details about the upcoming Xperia Z4. All of the following reportedly comes from the same tipster that accurately leaked the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact a while back. So that lends this info some credence, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't read this with a pinch of salt on hand. First off, this source claims the Xperia Z3X doesn't actually exist. A device apparently bearing that name was benchmarked at the beginning of this month. If the Z3X isn't a thing, then that benchmark result might have been fake, or maybe that handset is some kind of development prototype that won't make it to the market. Interestingly though, the Z3X shares a lot of specs with the rumored Z4. Which brings us to the Z4's innards. It's said to sport a 5.5-inch touchscreen with QHD (2,560x1,440) resolution, and a new curved rear camera sensor that will have about the same (20.7 MP) resolution as the ones in its predecessors. Powering the Z4 will be a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, with a 2.8 GHz octa-core CPU (having four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 ones). The RAM will be upped to 4GB this time around, and the minimum storage space will be 32GB (double that in the Z3's base model). The phone will sport Cat.6 LTE connectivity, for theoretical peak download speeds of 300 Mbps, and Bluetooth 4.1. There will also be a dedicated amplifier on board for better sound quality. The design of the Xperia Z4 will be very similar to that of its forerunners, still the same Omnibalance language employed yet again. Interestingly, Sony is said to give up on its six-month release cycle for flagship handsets starting with the Xperia Z4. So far, it has been the only company to push out two flagships per year - take the Z2 and Z3 from 2014, for example. But that's rumored to change, with the Z4 not being followed by a Z5 in 2015. The Xperia Z4 is apparently going to be introduced around March next year, probably at Mobile World Congress. Thanks for sending this in,...


Google has now outed updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images for both the Nexus 5 and the 2013 Nexus 7. The new developer preview is based on build LPX13D. The original developer preview for what was then only known as Android L was announced back in June. The images were updated once in the meantime, in August, when they received support for Google Fit. And now we're at the third iteration of these images, and almost certainly the last - since Android 5.0 Lollipop is due to become available as a software update for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in the coming weeks. Right now it's not clear what's new in the just-published images, but hopefully they'll show an Android 5.0 release that's almost finished. That said, they don't represent the final bits of Lollipop, and they're bound to still have some bugs. Hence, if you're not a developer, you should probably stay away from them, and wait for the official software to start rolling out. Speaking of developers, they will be happy to know that the Android 5.0 SDK is now out too. This allows developers to start working on getting their apps ready for the new OS version. Lollipop comes with 5,000 new APIs. The new SDK follows the preview release from this summer. Source | Via 1 • Via...


Just as planned, the Apple store is back up today and it has some new goods to offer. The company's latest tablets are now available on pre-order and you can book your unit for next week shipment right away. The iPad Air 2 will start at $499 for the 16GB just as before. Just as on the iPhone, the 32GB version is now gone and the 64GB version will be at $599. A 128GB iPad Air 2 is also there for $699. You can get LTE on each storage version but it will cost you $130 extra. As usual European prices aren't quite as attractive (although the difference is smaller than with the iPhone). In the UK the Apple iPad Air 2 goes for £399/£479/£559 for its three versions, while LTE support adds a further £100. In Germany you need to pay €489/€589/€689 plus €120 for Cellular connectivity. Across the border in France prices go slightly higher - €10 extra for each version. The Apple iPad mini 3 is available in the same three storage options as its bigger brother - 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. It's priced at $399/$499/$599 ($130 extra for LTE) in the US, £319/£399/£479 (plus £80 LTE charge) in the UK and €389/€489/€589 (€120 for the LTE) in Germany. Going by the specs alone the Apple iPad Air 2 looks like an upgrade worth considering with its new 6.1mm profile, laminated display and beastly A8X chipset, but the mini 3 is merely a TouchID enabled version of the mini 2 that also comes in gold. Your thoughts on the duo are welcome in our comments...


Looking to get the latest and greatest Motorola smartphone? If you don't mind tying your next two years with Verizon now's the time to reach for your credit card. The largest US carrier has launched a promotion for the Motorola Moto X (2014), allowing you to get the 16GB version of the smartphone for just $50 upfront. Naturally, you will also have to sign a two-year contract with Big Red, but you are still saving $50 from the usual price. You still get the option to fully customize the device, using the company's Moto Maker service. You have to act quickly though - the promotion will only last until the end of the weekend. Anyone willing to try the Moto X (2014) should follow the source link to place their orders. Source |...

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